King's Worcester

20 September

Arts Award Triumphs for Resilient King’s Pupils

Another year, another lockdown, but the Arts Award team of 2021 matched the resilience and creative problem-solving of the Class of 2020 and King’s is delighted to celebrate another year of Arts Award success under the most trying of circumstances.

King’s offers the opportunity for pupils to enter Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award. These are GCSE and A Level-equivalent certificates assessed by Trinity College, London. After the trials and tribulations of the previous academic year, we had hoped for calmer waters in 2020-2021. The January lockdown, however, really interrupted the momentum the new recruits had built in their first term. Nonetheless, a gallant band of nearly 40 pupils emerged from lockdown having kept their artistry alive and ready to face the final hurdle of completing their portfolios for assessment.

Back at school, a priority was to try to ‘share’ as much work as possible whilst working around the regulations that limited cross-year group work, large gatherings and many arts events in general. It was a joy to see live events starting to pop back up. It was also a blow when our entire Lower Sixth spent the last week of the year in isolation, but so uplifting when the Gold Arts Award Lower Sixth students refused to take ‘no’ for an answer. After a year of disruption, which meant that Plan A was actually about Plan Z, they weren’t going to let that be cancelled as well! The final arts event of the year, the Summer Open Mic Night, went ahead in a hybrid form, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of GAA’s Tom and Jamie (and Mr Taranczuk’s faith in them)!

The finished online portfolios were shared with Trinity in July and our wonderful results were confirmed in the first week of August. 20 Lower Years pupils achieved their Bronze certificates. An equally impressive 12 students in the Removes gained their Silver Arts Award and seven Lower Sixth students achieved the remarkable feat of gaining their Gold Arts Award qualification (which carries UCAS points), despite all the challenges thrown at them.

Reviewing their work, the Trinity moderator wrote of the Gold students, “I am particularly impressed with the resilience of the young people when trying to plan and deliver their Unit 2 during multiple lock-downs. They kept changing their plans and learning new skills in order to accommodate restrictions, rather than giving up or settling for a smaller version of the original project – clearly demonstrating flexibility and problem-solving skills.”

Head of Drama, Mrs Parry, said “The pupils have all worked exceptionally well under extraordinarily difficult circumstances this year. There have had to be constant changes of plan and they all coped with every challenge put in their path and still created outstanding work. I am immensely proud of all of the pupils. I know the individual Arts Award Advisers who led their groups are also proud of you. Above all, they should be immensely proud of themselves!

In Whole School Assembly on Monday, Mr Doodes shared and celebrated the pupil’s achievements with the school:

“Despite all with which we had to contend last year, the Drama and Music Departments continued undeterred and with stoic perseverance to prepare pupils for external exams and assessments.”

It gives me enormous pleasure to mention pupils by name today:

Bronze Awards have been achieved by Peter J, Freddie G, Maxwell L, Juliet Ga, Eva M, Connie P, Izzy D- S, William P, Sam P, Molly B, Bella R, Tom H, Ethan T, Ava T, Lily F, Anna C, Abigail C, Bruce H, Arabella T and Phoebe M.

Silver Awards have been achieved by Edmund R, Maya S, Lola B-R, Joseph Y, Emilia D, Ellie H, Rebecca N, Eve W, Katy C-F, Freya H, Louisa K and Georgia M.

Gold Awards have been achieved by Alice C, Amelia D, Jamie K, Thomas K-D, Tim M, Zoe S and Phoebe W-D.